The payment app PayTm is currently not available on Play Store because of violations.
The app, owned by One97 Communications Ltd, is not visible on being searched on Google Play Store whereas all the other apps including Paytm For Business, Paytm Money, Paytm Mall, and others owned by the company are still available on Play Store.
Google has apparently removed the Paytm app because it allegedly violates the company’s new rules around online gambling. According to reports, Google says in a statement: “We don’t allow online casinos (or) support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting. It includes if the app leads consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money (or) cash prizes.”
Recently, the vice-president Suzanne Frey detailed the guidelines for the product in a blogpost. Hours later, PayTM vanished from the Store.
“We have these policies to protect users from potential harm. When an app violates these policies, we notify the developer of the violation and remove the app from Google Play until the developer brings the app into compliance. And in the case where there are repeated policy violations, we may take more serious action which may include terminating Google Play Developer accounts. Our policies are applied and enforced on all developers consistently,” Frey wrote.
According to the reports, the Play Store is in touch with PayTM and will get the product back on track soon.